1. Articles from Greg Avery

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    1. FCC clears Level 3 purchase of TW Telecom

      FCC clears Level 3 purchase of TW Telecom

      The Federal Communications Commission on Friday gave the go ahead for Level 3 Communications Inc.'s $5.3 billion purchase of TW Telecom Inc. The FCC approval comes days before the shareholders of both Denver metro-area telecoms vote on the cash and stock deal. Broomfield-based Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT) and Douglas County-based TW Telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) announced the cash and stock deal June 16. The overall deal's value reaches $7.3 billion including TW Telecom's $1.6 billion in corporate debt. The…

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    2. CoorsTek buys battery technology maker, forms new speciality division

      CoorsTek buys battery technology maker, forms new speciality division

      CoorsTek has purchased Boulder Ionics, maker of electrolytes for batteries, and has paired it with another business to form a CoorsTek Specialty Chemicals unit. The Golden-based company announced the deal Friday. Terms were not disclosed. Arvada-based Boulder Ionics, formed in 2011, makes electrolytes sold to makers of batteries and capacitors used in consumer electronics, automobiles and, possibly, for use by utility companies in grid-scale energy storage.

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    3. Boulder VCs invest $5.5 million in Ello's ad-free social network

      Boulder VCs invest $5.5 million in Ello's ad-free social network

      Don't count Foundry Group and Bullet Time Ventures among the skeptics of startup social network Ello's prospects as a business. The Boulder-based venture capital firms invested in a $5.5 million round to Ello, the companies announced Thursday. The money helps fuel the booming startup's expansion as it's been inundated with people joining by the hundreds of thousands.

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    4. Say Ello again, Internet: Ad-free social network is ready for more users

      Say Ello again, Internet: Ad-free social network is ready for more users

      Ello, the Colorado-built social media network that’s taken the Internet by storm, will start adding new accounts again after putting new member requests on hold for about 10 days.

      And when with the floodgates open again, Ello may outpace the early growth of Google+, the social network launched by Google Inc. in 2011, said Todd Berger, one of seven Ello co-founders and principal at Boulder-based design studio Berger & Föhr.

      “I’m pretty certain we’ve grown faster than any social network,”…

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    5. Denver's Craftsy is stitching together an online empire; tops 5 million users

      Denver's Craftsy is stitching together an online empire; tops 5 million users

      Craftsy, the online video instruction service, has surpassed 5 million users and is seeing people enroll in more than 350 of its crafting courses each hour.

      That’s a lot of traffic for the four-year-old downtown Denver company’s classes in quilting, gardening, photography, cooking and other pursuits. And it's coming from every U.S. state and 180 other countries, the company says.

      “It’s really exciting on a number of levels. Right now we have over 550 online classes available, and that fact…

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    6. Rivet Software and staff to stay in Denver, acquisition aims for growth, CEO says

      Rivet Software and staff to stay in Denver, acquisition aims for growth, CEO says

      Last week’s purchase of Rivet Software Inc. won’t immediately change much about the Denver company.

      Equity Administration Solutions Inc., the Pleasanton, California-based company that bought Rivet, plans to keep Rivet's Denver office and its 70 employees. Madelaine Rohan, who had been CEO, stayed with the company to be vice president of the combined operation’s international business.

      What’s hoped for in the deal is expansion, said Michael Boese, Equity Administration CEO, and what motivated…

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    7. SendGrid replaces Franklin as CEO

      SendGrid replaces Franklin as CEO

      SendGrid, a fast-growing Boulder technology company, replaced its CEO on Tuesday with an executive who will continue to live in the San Francisco Bay area as it grows and aspires to go public. Sameer Dholakia, former vice president and general manager of cloud technologies at Citrix, replaces Jim Franklin who served as Send Grid’s CEO since 2011. SendGrid helps companies with large volumes of email manage the messages and prevent them from getting rejected or caught in spam filters.

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    8. Denver Startup Week: Female leadership is itself innovative

      Denver Startup Week: Female leadership is itself innovative

      Removing barriers to female leadership is itself a catalyst for business innovation. That was the emerging theme heard by the more than 400 women entrepreneurs and startup employees who packed into the Galvanize startup hub Tuesday night in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. The event was part of Denver Startup Week and was put on by Women Who Startup, a Denver organization founded as a support network for female entrepreneurs.

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    9. Denver Startup Week: 500 Startups founder tells entrepreneurs to be crazy, optimistic

      Denver Startup Week: 500 Startups founder tells entrepreneurs to be crazy, optimistic

      If coffee wasn’t doing the trick, the message from the stage at the Denver Startup Week kick-off breakfast Monday should have stirred entrepreneurs still shaking off weekend cobwebs.

      There was excitement as the third annual tech-centric celebration of entrepreneurship in the city got underway. There was also a tough love message from San Francisco-based investor Dave McClure, of 500 Startups.

      It’s easier than ever to start businesses online and people all over the world, including those in…

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    10. PlayerLync, app maker for the Denver Broncos, branches out to business users

      PlayerLync, app maker for the Denver Broncos, branches out to business users

      PlayerLync has added some new looks to its playbook, branching out to business analytics and training after making a name for itself with professional sports teams.

      The Greenwood Village-based company pioneered turning team playbooks for the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies into interactive iPad video playbooks. PlayerLync’s technology is being used by half the NFL and by other professional sports franchises.

      PlayerLync’s technology allowed coaches to remotely update a player’s iPad with…

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    11. What makes Colorado startups unique?

      What makes Colorado startups unique?

      Everyone knows the mythology of the Silicon Valley startup. There’s even a TV show poking fun at the tech scene there.

      But are startups in Colorado any different?

      That question is part of what’s explored in this week’s print edition cover story published in advance of the Denver Startup Week celebration of the local entrepreneurial scene, which starts Monday.

      The answer from entrepreneurs, both relatively new ones and the serial ones, resounded yes. And when I’d ask how startups here…

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    12. Dish Network adds ex-Qwest executive to its board

      Dish Network adds ex-Qwest executive to its board

      Dish Network Corp. has expanded its board to bring on former Qwest president and COO Afshin Mohebbi, adding a director whose career is deep in telecommunications and finance. The Douglas County-based satellite TV company (Nasdaq: DISH) has been looking to break into the wireless telecom market, amassing a large trove of wireless broadband frequencies and having explored acquiring Sprint, T-Mobile and others.

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    13. Denver technology wages among the fastest rising in the nation

      Denver technology wages among the fastest rising in the nation

      The Denver area has the nation’s seventh-fastest growing tech industry wages, and one tech-friendly neighborhood where office rent is among the fastest rising in the country. A national report on U.S tech industry real estate markets recently released by Jones Lange LaSalle (JLL), the Chicago-based real estate firm, ranked the Denver area among the two dozen U.S. metro areas where growing early-stage companies predominate in the tech scene.

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    14. HomeAdvisor expands services with acquisition

      HomeAdvisor expands services with acquisition

      HomeAdvisor is branching out beyond home project recommendations to helping contractors manage their business operations, too. The Golden-based company acquired a majority stake in Mhelpdesk, a startup that makes online business management technology for home repair professionals, HomeAdvisor Inc. announced Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Fairfax, Virginia-based Mhelpdesk brings both technology and growing business to HomeAdvisor. Mhelpdesk, which employs 30 people in…

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    15. Colorado tech association launches foundation for STEM education

      Colorado tech association launches foundation for STEM education

      The Colorado Technology Association has started a nonprofit organization and funding programs to get more students technical education and ready for careers in technology. The Colorado Technology Foundation was formed in partnership with the Rose Community Foundation. The foundation has been seeded with $250,000 in funding commitments. Its mission is to connect technology companies in the state with educators and programs trying to improve science, technology, engineering and math education.

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    16. Comcast is fighting CenturyLink's Prism TV service, the telecom tells FCC

      Comcast is fighting CenturyLink's Prism TV service, the telecom tells FCC

      CenturyLink Inc. joined a chorus of companies telling the Federal Communications Commission this week that a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger isn’t a good idea. Its example? How Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. has sent letters urging Denver-area suburbs to resist easily granting Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink municipal cable TV franchise agreements that would let the telecom launch its Prism TV service and compete with Comcast.

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    17. TriZetto may go on the block; deal could be worth $3 billion

      TriZetto may go on the block; deal could be worth $3 billion

      TriZetto Corp., a Douglas County-based healthcare software company, may be put up for sale by its private equity owners, raising the possibility of another health care information technology player or private equity fund buying the company in a deal worth as much as $3 billion

      Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday that London-based private equity group Apax Partners is exploring the sale of TriZetto. Apax has tapped JP Morgan Chase to organize an auction, Reuters said.

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    18. Swiftpage selling software line, narrowing focus

      Swiftpage selling software line, narrowing focus

      Software company Swiftpage is selling one of its two lines of business software and will turn its focus to small business sales conversion technology.

      The Denver-based company signed a definitive agreement Thursday to sell its Saleslogix customer relationship management (CRM) software to New York City-based Infor. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      The sale allows Swiftpage to focus on the software it’s best positioned to expand and attract clients to, said John Oechsle, CEO and…

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    19. Big names to gather for COIN Summit

      Big names to gather for COIN Summit

      Big names in U.S. business and technology will be among the speakers and delegates at the third annual summit of the Colorado Innovation Network being held Aug. 26-27. The invite-only event brings 275 attendees representing business and industry, nonprofits, research labs, academia and government to network and hear discussions. Organizers of the COIN Summit unveiled a lineup Tuesday that includes:

      Jeff Immelt, chairman & CEO, General Electric Co. Safra Catz, president and CFO of Oracle Corp.…

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